Dental Emergencies

Toothache Rinse the mouth vigorously with warm water to clean out debris. Use dental floss to remove any food that might be trapped between teeth. If swelling is present, place cold compresses on the outside of the cheek. (Do not use heat or place aspirin on the aching tooth or gum tissues.) Contact our office as soon as possible.
Orthodontic Problems (Braces and Retainers) If a wire is causing irritation, call our office to schedule an emergency appointment; in the meantime, cover the end of the wire with a small amount of wax. If a wire is embedded in the cheek, tongue or gum tissue, do not attempt to remove it. Contact our office immediately. If a cemented appliance (expander) becomes loose, call our office to schedule an emergency appointment immediately. If a piece of a removable appliance breaks, have the patient stop wearing it and call to schedule an appointment.
Knocked-Out Tooth If the tooth is dirty, rinse it gently in running water. Do not scrub it. Gently insert and hold the tooth in its socket. If this is not possible, place the tooth in a container of milk or cool water. Contact our office immediately. (Treatment needs to be done within 30 minutes, if possible). Don’t forget to bring the tooth.
Broken Tooth Gently clean dirt or debris from the injured area with warm water. Place cold compresses on the face, in the area of the injured tooth, to minimize swelling. Contact our office immediately.
Bitten Tongue or Lip Apply direct pressure to the bleeding area with a clean cloth. If swelling is present, apply cold compresses. If bleeding does not stop, go to a hospital emergency room.
Between Teeth
Try to remove the object with dental floss. Guide the floss carefully to avoid cutting the gums. If not successful in removing the object, contact our office . Do not try to remove the object with a sharp or pointed instrument.
Fractured Jaw
Immobilize the jaw by any means (handkerchief, necktie, towel). If swelling is present, apply cold compresses. Contact our office or go immediately to a hospital emergency room.
24 Hour
Emergency Care
Because we are concerned about your child’s dental health, we have a dentist on call after hours seven days a week. Should you need emergency care, and you are a patient of record, just call 586-286-0700 & you will be directed as to how to reach our doctor on call.